Do I need to do anything to prepare?

Yes. When you make your appointment, you will likely be given instructions, including:

  • Make your appointment for one week after your period, when your breasts are less tender.

  • Make sure your physician knows about any changes in your breasts, prior surgeries, family or personal breast cancer history and hormone use.

  • Bring to your appointment any previous mammography or sonogram results so the radiologist can make comparisons to your current screening.

  • Wear a shirt and separate bottoms rather than a dress so you only have to undress from the waist up.

  • Avoid caffeine a few days before your mammogram, as it can cause breast tenderness.

  • Do not wear deodorant, lotion or powder under your arms or on your breasts the day of your appointment, as it can cause shadows on the mammogram.

If you have implants, make this known when you make your appointment so the facility can prepare accordingly. They will need to be sure a technologist trained in X-raying implants is available, as the implants can hide some tissue.